The Indian Smartphone market is getting filled with Chinese Smartphone makers. Every company is trying their level best to capture as much market share as they can. Brands like Xiaomi and OnePlus have completely changed the scenario with their affordable yet feature-rich smartphones. The latest entry in this ever growing list of Smartphone brands is Meizu.
Meizu entered India back in the month of May with Meizu M1 Note which was priced at INR 11,999. The company soon launched the successor with Meizu M2 Note and now company has come up with Meizu MX5.
The company claims that their latest flagship phone, Meizu MX5 can compete against big names like Samsung Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6. The phone does look strong on paper but, is it worth buying or not, let’s see in our detailed review of Meizu MX5.
Design & Display
Meizu MX5 has followed the current trend of a complete metal body and features a full metal unibody design. This full metal body makes the phone look like a premium device. At first sight, it looks that the phone will easily slip from the hand due to metal design but, surprisingly it comfortably stays in the hand without any issues.
One of the most interesting different between the old Meizu device and the latest Meizu MX 5 is the presence of physical home button that also acts as a fingerprint scanner. The home button also works as a back button that is different from most of the smartphone in the market.
The power button and volume rocker is placed on the right side of the device, and there is dual SIM card slot on the left side of the phone. The audio jack is on the top, and the microUSB port with a single speaker is placed at the bottom of the device.
The phone sports a 5.5 inch AMOLED display with a 1080p resolution and a pixel density of 401 ppi. The display is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Another major change in the device is the aspect ratio of the display. Instead of going to a traditional 16:10 ratio, Meizu decided to go with 16:9 ratio, which feels refreshing.
The display is sharp, crisp and clear. It offers good viewing angles and great brightness level. Overall, at this price tag Meizu MX5 offers great build quality and design.
Hardware & Performance
The device is powered by a 2.2 GHz Octa Core MediaTek Helio X10 Turbo processor and is supported by the PowerVr G6200 GPU and 3GB of RAM. The phone offers excellent multitasking with no lag and stutter. The device handles multitasking quite easily without any issues.
It easily supports heavy gaming with high-end graphics. It is available in 16 Gb Variant only with no support for expandable storage. The company will soon bring the 32 GB & 64 GB variants in India. The phone supports 4G and is a Dual SIM phone.
The physical home button has got many different uses. It works as a finger print scanner and also a back button. You just need to tap it to go back at any moment of the time. The fingerprint scanner is called M-Touch & works faster enough to make it one of the best fingerprint scanner in the market.
Meizu MX5 runs on its own heavily customized FlyMe OS 4.5 which is based on Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. It will take some time to get used to the UI as it offers a mixed bag of features. There is no app drawer, and you will have to keep your apps organised in a folder to prevent your screen from cluttering. Features like the ability to lock apps, home button as back buttons feels refreshingly new while no direct shortcut to setting menu comes as a real pain.
One of the most strange and new thing about the software is opening the recent apps. There is no physical or on-screen button for opening or closing all the recent button. You will have to swipe slowly up from the button, we repeat slowly, to open the recent apps something like iOS 6 used app dock. Overall, the software on Meizu MX5 is definitely interesting but the user needs some time to learn the new UI.
The device rocks a 20.7 MP rear camera with a f/2.2 aperture and dual LED flash with laser autofocus. The camera is good and can be used easily to capture great images. It offers a large number of modes including one manual mode where you can control shutter speed, ISO, focus & exposure.
The daylight images are sharp and crisp but low light images fail to impress as images when clicked in low light offers noise and lacks details. It offers 4K recording and slow motion video capture at 100 fps.
The 5Mp front camera clicks decent selfies and with beauty mode at aid, you can get some great selfies too. Overall, the camera is great for most of the users and is better than most of the smartphones available in the same price range.
The phone comes with a 3,150 mAh non-removable battery. It lasts for an entire day with moderate usage. Users will get a screen on time of around 4-4.5 hours which is decent.
Meizu MX5 has got everything that is needed in a good mid-range smartphone. The device is all set to compete against OnePlus Two and Asus ZenFone 2. It is priced at INR 17, 999 for 16 GB variant and is exclusively be available on Snapdeal. If you are looking for a device that offers good build quality & design, great performance and decent camera, then Meizu MX5 is an excellent choice.